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LGBTQ representation in the media has been gaining significant ground in recent years on TV shows such as Orange is the New Black, Transparent, Modern Family, the public spotlight on Caitlyn Jenner, and even the recent reboot of Will and Grace. However, while representation grows, it does not cover the full spectrum of the LGBTQ culture.

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President Trump's would-be ban on transgender service members in the military has been blocked from going into effect for the foreseeable future.

A U.S. district judge in Washington, D.C., decided on Monday that trans members of the military have a strong case that the president's ban would violate their Fifth Amendment rights. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted a preliminary injunction to keep the policy from going into effect while the court case moves forward.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is leaving an Obama-era policy on transgender military service members largely intact, saying he needs input from an expert panel to determine the best way to implement President Trump's ban that would keep transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.

Trump barred transgender would-be recruits from signing up, but he gave Mattis discretion to decide the status of transgender people who are already serving.

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President Trump has signed a memo implementing his new policy on transgender people serving in the armed forces.

A senior White House official told reporters that no transgender individuals will be allowed to join the armed services unless and until the secretary of defense and secretary of homeland security recommend otherwise.

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June marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Many religious leaders and laypeople alike came together in the wake of the shooting to provide support, and mourn the loss of the victims killed in the LGBT nightclub.

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June is Pride month - a time for people around the world to celebrate the LGBTQ community. But there are still many stories of the community that haven’t yet been widely told. Local author Brice Smith tells one such story of a pioneer transgender activist in his new book Lou Sullivan: Daring to be a Man Among Men.

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Lake Effect recently spoke with experts from the VA and the LGBT Resource Center at UW-Milwaukee.  They’re among those who are presenting the Zablocki VA Medical Center’s fifth annual mental health summit at UW-Milwaukee on Friday, with a focus on issues faced by LGBTQ+ veterans.

READ: VA Mental Health Summit Focuses on LGBT Veterans

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Here in Milwaukee the true start of summer begins when the gates of the Henry Meier Summerfest grounds open. And for the past 30 years the festival to kick off the season has been PrideFest.

Over the course of this weekend, PrideFest will host many national and local performers - such as Betty Who, 10,000 Maniacs and Todrick Hall. While celebrating its 30th anniversary, the fest will also honor the many community leaders and programs that have contributed to Milwaukee's tradition of LGBTQ+ pride.

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The month of March is marked as a time to celebrate women’s history in America, and for many, Jewel Thais-Williams is an important figure in that history.

She’s the founder of the legendary Los Angeles night club - the Catch One. For 42 years, the Catch was a place where politicians and everyday people of all colors, cultures and backgrounds could come together and dance the night away – and more importantly, be accepted.

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North Carolina has repealed portions of the state's controversial "bathroom bill," including the requirement that trans people use the bathroom that matches their birth certificate, member station WUNC reports.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said he has signed the repeal measure, which he said is "not perfect" but is "an important step forward."

In a reversal, the Supreme Court will not decide Gavin Grimm's lawsuit over a school policy that requires students to use the bathroom corresponding to their biological sex. The court was scheduled to hear the case this month.

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The bill Republican state Rep. Jesse Kremer says he will likely re-introduce would require Wisconsin public school students to use the bathrooms, locker rooms, etc. that correspond with their birth gender.

He made his statement on the same day President Trump rescinded federal guidelines from the Obama administration that encouraged public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that correlate with their gender identity.

The Trump administration is rescinding protections for transgender students in public schools.

The move by the Justice and Education departments reverses guidance the Obama administration publicized in May 2016, which said a federal law known as Title IX protects the right of transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.

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For decades, LGBT culture was – out of necessity - hidden and unspoken of in daylight. But three-quarters of a century has brought a lot of social change in America.

For a smaller industrial city with German roots, you may not have expected Milwaukee to be a spot for gay and lesbian culture to thrive; but it did.

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In recent years, transgender people have gained more visibility in the public sphere. Celebrities like Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner have shined light on transgender narratives. Still, the trans community is disproportionately targeted for abuse and violence.

Now, LGBTQ groups from around Milwaukee are coming together to celebrate the Transgender Day of Remembrance at Greene Hall at UWM, Thursday, November 17. 

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